Yu Darvish fit right in with the steamrolling Dodgers, striking out 10 over seven innings of three-hit ball during his Los Angeles debut to pitch the top team in the majors past the host New York Mets 6-0 on Friday night.
Chris Taylor hit a leadoff homer against Jacob deGrom, and Mets nemesis Chase Utley added a two-run shot as Los Angeles improved baseball’s best record to 77-32 with its 11th victory in 12 games. Yasiel Puig also went deep for the Dodgers, who have outscored New York 42-11 in winning all five meetings this season.
In his first start since being acquired from Texas for three prospects just before Monday’s trade deadline, Darvish (7-9) only made the Dodgers look even better. With his confident teammates behind him, the four-time All-Star snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the first time in nine outings since June 12 at Houston.
DeGrom (12-5) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He has dropped consecutive starts after winning eight straight.
Angels 8, Atheltics 6: Los Angeles took advantage of three consecutive walks in the seventh to score four runs in a comeback victory over Oakland in Anaheim, California.
It was the Angels’ fourth consecutive win and sixth in their last eight games. It pulled them back to 55-55 and left them two games back in the race for the final American League wild-card spot.
Jesse Chavez (6-10) made his first relief appearance since being moved back to the bullpen to earn the win. Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer and Khris Davis doubled in two more for the A’s but the Oakland could not hold a 6-2 lead.
Reliever Daniel Coulombe (2-2) started the seventh and walked all three batters he faced. Blake Treinen took over but the Angels tied it on a two-run single from pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena.
Yunel Escobar’s bounced to third base, but Chapman bobbled the exchange on what was ruled an infield hit as the go-ahead run scored. Mike Trout added an RBI single for the inning’s final run.
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1: Paul Goldschmidt had three hits to help rookie Anthony Banda earn his first career win, and visiting Arizona beat San Francisco to continue the franchise’s best start in nearly 15 years.
David Peralta doubled and reached twice to help the Diamondbacks (63-46) beat Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in the first matchup between the N.L. West rivals since early April.
One day after hitting a career-high three home runs at Wrigley Field, Goldschmidt mixed in some speed with his power at AT&T Park in San Francisco. He reached on an infield single in the second, tripled in the fourth to drive in A.J. Pollock and tacked on an RBI single off the wall in left in the sixth.
Rockies 4, Phillies 3: Colorado overcame an injury to starter Kyle Freeland in the first inning to beat Philadelphia in Denver as Nolan Arenado homered to tie the game in the seventh inning and D.J. LeMahieu hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth.
Freeland, whose 11 wins this season leads major league rookies, was forced to exit three batters into his start because of an apparent left leg injury. He appeared to tweak the leg after delivering a pitch to Aaron Altherr. Manager Bud Black and team trainers came out to check Freeland and made the decision to pull him after he threw several warmup pitches.
There was no immediate word from the Rockies on the nature of the injury to Freeland.
Chris Rusin was the first of five relievers used by the Rockies to finish the game. Mike Dunn (4-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for the victory and Greg Holland got three outs for his 34th save.
With the score tied at 3-all, Pat Valaika started the eighth by drawing a walk off Luis Garcia (1-3). Garcia retired the next two batters and Charlie Blackmon was then walked intentionally before LeMahieu drove a single to right-center field to score Valaika with the winning run.
Pirates 10, Padres 6: Gregory Polanco hit a go-ahead, three-run homer into the Allegheny River during a six-run seventh, and host Pittsburgh rallied for a victory over San Diego.
With Pittsburgh trailing 6-4 and two men on, Polanco gave the Pirates their first lead by sending a pinch-hit drive 434 feet onto the riverwalk beyond the right-field wall and into the river. Twenty-nine players have hit 43 home runs into the river since PNC Park opened in 2001.
Josh Harrison capped the inning with a single that made it 10-6. Padres right-hander Kirby Yates (2-2) was responsible for all six runs and took the loss while recording just one out.
The Pirates have won two straight since losing eight of 10. They are tied for third in the National League Central, 4 1/2 games behind the division-leading Chicago Cubs.
Nationals 4, Cubs 2: Daniel Murphy homered twice and Tanner Roark pitched into the seventh inning, leading Washington to the victory over host Chicago.
With the game-time temperature at 63, Murphy hit a two-run homer in the first and connected off Kyle Hendricks leading off the sixth for a 3-0 lead.
Roark (9-7) was working on a shutout before Javier Baez chased him with a two-run homer with one out in the seventh.
Hendricks (4-4) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings. Chicago has lost three straight after winning 14 of 17 following the All-Star break.
Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances since he was acquired from Oakland on July 16.
Indians 7, Yankees 2: Trevor Bauer won his third straight start, and host Cleveland extended New York’s losing streak to four.
Bauer (10-8) allowed one run in seven innings, on Todd Frazier’s fifth-inning homer. Third baseman Giovanny Urshela made an outstanding defensive play on Clint Frazier’s grounder to throw out Ronald Torreyes at home plate, and Gary Sanchez stranded the bases loaded with a strikeout.
Traded from Atlanta to Minnesota to New York, Jaime Garcia (1-1) became the first pitcher to make three straight appearances as a starter for three different teams since Gus Weyhing in 1895, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Garcia gave up six runs, five earned, and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Twins 8, Rangers 4: Bartolo Colon threw his first complete game in two years to earn his first win with Minnesota, a victory over Texas in Minneapolis.
Brian Dozier homered twice and Robbie Grossman also connected as the Twins won for just the third time in 11 games.
In his fourth start for Minnesota, the 44-year-old Colon (3-9) scattered nine hits in his 37th career complete game and first since Sept. 5, 2015 with the New York Mets.
Elvis Andrus had three doubles and Carlos Gomez homered for the Rangers. Martin Perez (5-10) got the loss.
Red Sox 3, White Sox 2 (11): Mitch Moreland homered with two outs in the 11th, lifting host Boston past Chicago for its fourth consecutive victory.
Moreland, a defensive replacement in the 10th, drove a pitch from Aaron Bummer (0-2) over the Green Monster for his 14th of the season. It was Boston’s second game-ending homer this week.
The A.L. East-leading Red Sox moved three games ahead of the second-place Yankees, who lost 7-2 at Cleveland.
The White Sox were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base while losing their fourth in a row.
Eduardo Nunez hit a tying solo homer for Boston in the sixth, and Heath Hembree (2-3) got three outs for the win.
Astros 16, Blue Jays 7: Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer and Marwin Gonzalez added a three-run shot as part of a nine-run fourth, helping host Houston stop a three-game slide with a win over Toronto.
Tyler White homered twice for the Astros, and Yuli Gurriel also went deep. White finished with four hits and five RBIs.
Brad Peacock (10-1) got his seventh straight win despite allowing a season-high seven runs in six innings.
Kendrys Morales, Russell Martin and Ryan Goins homered for Toronto. Cesar Valdez (1-1) allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings in his second straight rough start.
Braves 5, Marlins 3: R.A. Dickey won for the first time in seven starts, Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer and host Atlanta overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs to beat Miami.
Stanton hit his 34th and 35th homers, tying Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for most in the majors, to give the Marlins a 3-1 lead in the sixth. Markakis took Adam Conley (4-4) deep in the bottom half of the inning to make it 4-3.
Dickey (7-7) allowed three runs in six innings. Arodys Vizcaino worked the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.
Brewers 2, Rays 0: Brandon Woodruff allowed seven hits in 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut and Orlando Arcia homered and scored both runs for Milwaukee in a win over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Brewers won for the third time in four games and moved within a half-game of the Cubs for the top spot in the N.L. Central.
Arcia’s three hits included a triple off Jake Faria (5-2) in the third and his 10th homer of the season in the eighth. Eric Thames followed the triple with an RBI single.
Woodruff (1-0) struck out six and walked two. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 21st save.
Logan Morrison had three of Tampa Bay’s nine hits.
Mariners 5, Royals 2: James Paxton tied a club record by winning his seventh straight start, and Seattle moved back over .500 by defeating Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri.
Paxton (12-3) did not allow a hit until Mike Moustakas’ single with one out in the fifth. Brandon Moss’ two-out single ended Paxton’s scoreless streak at 21 innings.
Paxton was charged with two runs in six innings. Edwin Diaz worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.
Kansas City’s Jason Hammel (5-9) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Tigers 5, Orioles 2: Justin Upton hit a grand slam in the eighth to back a strong pitching performance by Justin Verlander, and visiting Detroit earned its ourth straight victory by defeating Baltimore.
Jim Adduci also homered for the Tigers, who have won six of seven despite unloading three stars before the non-waiver trade deadline. Detroit’s four-game winning streak matches a season high.
Verlander (7-7) struck out 10 and gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings. Bruce Rondon, who entered with an 11.20 ERA, worked the ninth for his first save.
Tim Beckham went 4 for 4 with a home run and Manny Machado also went deep for the Orioles, who have dropped two in a row to Detroit following a five-game winning streak. Mychal Givens (7-1) got the loss.
Reds 3, Cardinals 2: Joey Votto drove home a pair of runs with a double and a single, and Asher Wojciechowski went five innings in his return to the rotation, leading host Cincinnati over St. Louis.
The Reds have won all five games against St. Louis at Great American Ball Park this season. They lead 8-3 in their season series.
Votto had a pair of RBI hits off Mike Leake (7-10), who fell to 0-5 in eight career starts against his former team. Billy Hamilton added a run-scoring single off Leake, who allowed eight hits in six innings.
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